Aboriginal agency wins valulable seed funding

Designer Alison Page has plans to create an umbrella organisation for Coffs Coast Aboriginal artists and craftspeople.
Designer Alison Page has plans to create an umbrella organisation for Coffs Coast Aboriginal artists and craftspeople. TREVOR VEALE

A MID North Coast Aboriginal brokering service has been awarded a $165,500 grant through the Westpac Foundation.

The Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation, run by the National Aboriginal Design Agency, aims to strengthen culture by creating opportunities for Aboriginal communities. 

The professional brokering service will set out to link indigenous artists and design students from across Australia with both national and international manufacturers to help them design products for the world stage.

The not-for-profit organisation will receive the funding over the next two years through the foundation's Seed Funding Grant program.  

It is one of six ventures across Australia to win funding. 

"Whilst this grant will go a long way in supporting National Aboriginal Design Agency, the non-financial support we offer can also have a big impact on the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation program delivery in the longer term," Westpac Foundation executive officer Susan Bannigan said

National Aboriginal Design Agency creative director Alison Page said she was thrilled to be a recipient of a Westpac Foundation Seed Funding Grant.

"It is overwhelming when our work is acknowledged and appreciated like this, particularly from such a highly recognised foundation," Ms Page said.  

"The expertise and guidance we can gain from this funding will ensure the success of National Aboriginal Design Agency."

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